Creative Writing BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

W800

Study options:

3 years, with optional 4th

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Course code:

W800

Study options:

3 years, with optional 4th

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU035

Study options:

3 years, with optional 4th

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Career-focused and practical, the BA (Hons) Creative Writing course is for students who are serious about a career in writing.

Innovative teaching and learning is central to the course, which utilises social media, avatars, blogs, student writing groups, writing-focused study trips and online and virtual environments. Classical modes of writing such as poetry, prose and drama are reworked in digital environments and delivered alongside new and innovative modes such as video games, graphic narratives, eco-writing and other forms of digital storytelling. The course is contemporary, distinctive, inclusive and radical.

Students will come on this course because they can experiment with exciting new modes and genres, customise their coursework outputs to their own interests, hone their writing towards income- generation, develop their digital skills and graduate with a portfolio attractive to employers in the creative industries. Students will collaborate with students from other disciplines and institutions nationally and internationally, and can extend their writing skills if they wish to partake in themed study-trips and retreats. The course prepares them for personal, professional and vocational development at home and abroad and active engagement in their communities and society.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

What our students say...

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying English and Creative Writing as it gave me the opportunity to find myself as a writer. This was helped by the variety of modules allowing me to experience different aspects of creative writing.

My personal favourite modules were screenwriting and the short stories module as not only was I able to learn how to write for those mediums, I found a writing style that I enjoy writing in. The feedback from tutors and peers were given throughout the course, which helped improve my writing and allowed me to reflect on the work I was producing.

This course allows you to explore the depths of your creativity whilst giving you the opportunity to learn and write in different mediums. This course is definitely unlike any other due to the amount there is to explore within your work and within yourself!

Course information

The course is designed to develop individual student voices within a community of writers. It offers opportunities for collaborations with performers, artists and media producers.

Students can design, edit and produce the ground-breaking CovWords magazine, publish their work across a variety of platforms, engage with an international audience and develop an online writer’s presence. They will have the opportunity to graduate with a range of transferable skills, a strong writer’s CV and a digital portfolio of original creative work. Their portfolios will include multimedia picture books, theatre scripts, short film screenplays, videos, games narratives, recorded radio dramas, and many more artefacts and materials.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In their first year, students will study poetry, flash fiction, performance, stylistics, and descriptive prose in the form of travel writing. Modules will encourage students to develop their curiosity and imagination into narrative production. They will participate in literature festival events (with the opportunity to conduct voluntary work) and explore what it is to be a published writer and performance poet. Their modules will encourage experimentation with language as preliminary preparation for writing longer narratives in the following year.

Modules

  • Right the Wrong

  • Poetry for Digital Times

  • Skills for Writers

  • What's in the Box

  • Get Your Shorts On!

  • Magazine Publishing Doing it With Style

  • Add+Vantage

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In their second year, students will study and write short fiction for both adults and children. There will be a focus on craft and editing skills. Students will write eco-poetry, produce graphic storytelling and video games narratives. Engagement with contemporary debates, social and ethical issues and politics will be encouraged and student voices will be directed towards meaningful interventions in the real world.

During the year, students will have the opportunity to plan a writing project for and in the local community under the direction of Employment Personal Tutors. Students can participate in an international field trip central to the Graphic Storytelling module. There will also be a special writing careers event by Writing West Midlands, where students can interact with authors, poets, producers and scriptwriters. Students can study a module on moving image aesthetics to prepare them for scriptwriting in the following year.

Modules

  • Writing Careers and Community Projects

  • Cin-aesthetics: The Language of Film

  • Creating Stories for Children

  • Copy That! This is Editing!

  • Writing Weird Fiction

  • The Short Story Workshop

  • Optional

    • Graphic Storytelling and International Field Trip
    • Video Game Narrative
    • Radical Writing

  • Add+Vantage

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Students can, if they wish, study abroad or do a placement during their third year. Support for career planning can be gained from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ Employability Support Team. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ Employability and Placements Advisor can provide support for students who are on placement in the UK.

Students will also be able to access support from the University’s Careers and Employability Service. The Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) offers students help to arrange study abroad with Coventry University educational partners as well as to arrange paid, voluntary and intern positions with International employers.

Modules

  • Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

In their final year, students will study dramatic writing for screen, theatre and radio and produce and record their radio dramas and videos for potential broadcast or online publication. They will also be offered choices to work on an extended creative project in the form of a dissertation, or develop non-fiction narratives, plan a novel, make social and political interventions in their writing projects including in their field trip on romance and revolt.

Modules

  • Employability for Writers

  • Screenwriting and Video Production

  • Writing for Theatre and Radio

  • Experimental Writing

  • Planning Your Novel

  • Optional

    • Romantic Revolt
    • Writing Nonfiction Narratives
    • The Point of Impact
    • Creative Dissertation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • The programme is designed to develop individual student voices within a community of writers.
  • It offers opportunities for collaborations with performers, artists and media producers.
  • Students can design, edit and produce the ground-breaking CovWords magazine, publish their work across a variety of platforms, engage with an international audience and develop an online writer’s presence.
  • They will graduate with a range of transferable skills, a strong writer’s CV and a digital portfolio of original creative work.
  • Their portfolios will include multimedia picture books, theatre scripts, short film screenplays, videos, games narratives, recorded radio dramas, and many more artefacts and materials.

The overall aim of the course is to produce new kinds of writers focused on 21st-century forms of expression and engagement in the globalised professional environment. Students will graduate with confidence in the written and spoken word and a portfolio of practical, project-based products.

Students will stretch their imaginations by using a variety of writing genres and digital platforms, and will reflect on their writing (and development as writers) in commentaries and writing diaries. They will examine the works of poets, writers and filmmakers from a diverse and international frame, such as Aravind Adiga, Thi Bui, Kirino Natsuo, Benjamin Zephaniah and Park Chan-wook. The course will be delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, virtual environments, peer collaborations, international networks and optional field trips.

The course team consists of published writers, experienced teachers and researchers. They facilitate learning through experiential, interdisciplinary and collaborative methods to empower students to take risks and explore their creativity. At times, modules have special visiting lecturers, who could be publishers, literary agents, poets, film makers, authors and playwrights.

The course encourages innovation, independent research, creative expression and activism, and will equip students in making a significant impact on lives, communities, and in the creative industries they choose to work in. Students will engage in career-focused writing projects involving social media, new modes of writing, editing and self-publishing. Further distinctive features include open and participatory content such as digital streamed performances, global student collaborations focusing on intercultural narration, and digital entrepreneurship, including the monetising of creative work via YouTube and Social Media.

The course team will include activities and events that link to Coventry’s 2021 City of Culture, such as organising a showcase of work for the local community that includes poetry performances and short story readings. The course is designed to challenge the more traditional modes of teaching by engaging students with visual storytelling, digitised story books, specialist software for games narratives, video production, desk top publishing and recording radio dramas. Ultimately, the course is designed for students to produce publication-ready outputs.

Students can take advantage of study trips devoted to experiential learning, and taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom. There are many international opportunities and trips for students to partake in through the University’s Centre for Global Engagement, and Linguae Mundi for exploring language and cultures.

Assessments, both formative and summative, aim to help you to develop the key skills you will need both throughout the rest of the degree and beyond, so that you can hone and practise these skills right away. These assessments include essays, writing blogs and presentations/performances.

All modules on the course will embed a range of formative and ongoing / continuous assessment, incorporating a range of opportunities for feedback / forward, either written or oral, or both, which will provide students with formative feedback mid-module; and both formative and summative assessments at each level will play a formative role in preparing students to meet the challenges of more demanding assessments at the next level.

On successful completion of the course, a student will be able to:

  • Generate and develop original creative work.
  • Demonstrate a range of professional-standard editorial skills and awareness of publishing industry protocols.
  • Conduct research to support their writing and demonstrate an understanding of their own writing as a form of research in itself.
  • Understand and deploy the rules, challenge the conventions, and explore the possibilities of creative writing in a range of forms, styles, genres and media.
  • Engage creatively and discriminatively with the expressive and imaginative powers of language in all its global contexts.
  • Understand the transferability of Creative Writing skills to a variety of contexts and careers in the creative industries.
  • Read, reflect and respond critically and practically to their own and other’s creative work through aesthetic, global, cultural and/or political contexts.
  • Understand writing as communication for a variety of audiences, outlets and purposes for local, national, global and digital communities.

There are typically 12 hours a week of in-class teaching and this is split into lectures, workshops and seminars.

Students will engage with homework tasks, reading and research outside of classroom hours and many of these materials will be provided via Moodle.

The course’s defining concerns are inherently multicultural and international in outlook, and a range of international texts and authors are included. The level 2 optional module, graphic storytelling, includes an optional field trip.

International professional experience is also offered as part of an optional placement year.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

In the three years that I was there on the undergraduate degree, I learnt so much more than just how to write. I have had opportunities to try illustrating, magazine publishing, voice acting and so many other things do not fit under the creative writing umbrella.

Steffan Jenkins, English and Creative Writing BA, 2018 graduate

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU035
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade B.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6. (Preferable: Writing: IELTS 7, Listening IELTS 7, Speaking IELTS 6; Reading IELTS 6)

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

In the three years that I was there on the undergraduate degree, I learnt so much more than just how to write. I have had opportunities to try illustrating, magazine publishing, voice acting and so many other things do not fit under the creative writing umbrella.

Steffan Jenkins, English and Creative Writing BA, 2018 graduate

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£13,900 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

In the three years that I was there on the undergraduate degree, I learnt so much more than just how to write. I have had opportunities to try illustrating, magazine publishing, voice acting and so many other things do not fit under the creative writing umbrella.

Steffan Jenkins, English and Creative Writing BA, 2018 graduate

Career prospects

The programme is designed to develop individual student voices within a community of writers. It offers opportunities for collaborations with performers, artists and media producers.

Students can design, edit and produce the ground-breaking CovWords magazine, publish their work across a variety of platforms, engage with an international audience and develop an online writer’s presence. They will graduate with a range of transferable skills, a strong writer’s CV and a digital portfolio of original creative work. Their portfolios will include multimedia picture books, theatre scripts, short film screenplays, videos, games narratives, recorded radio dramas, and many more artefacts and materials.

What our students say...

This course is definitely unlike any other due to the amount there is to explore within your work and within yourself!

Rashpreet Chane, 2018 English and Creative Writing Graduate
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The university will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The university will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. Coventry University will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time. For international students, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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QS Five Star Rating 2019
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